For many users, the iPhone’s zoom feature can be frustrating. It can be difficult to turn it off and sometimes it just doesn’t work.
iOS has several accessibility features that enlarge icons and text on the screen to make them easier for people with vision problems or those who simply prefer a larger display. But, if your iPhone or iPad’s screen gets zoomed in and you can’t turn it off, it’s not impossible to get out of that situation.
1. Go to Settings
If you have ever had issues with an iPhone screen zooming out or getting stuck in a zoomed-out mode, there are multiple ways to fix this problem. These methods include disabling the zoom feature on your iPhone and bringing it back to its normal mode.
If your iPhone’s zoom mode is not working properly, it may be caused by a minor glitch in the operating system. In that case, it is important to check the device’s settings to find out what’s going on.
You can do this by launching the Settings app, which can be accessed by either swiping up on your iPhone’s Home screen or opening the App Store.
Once you’re inside the Settings, click on the General option and then select Accessibility. You’ll see a section called Vision where the zoom feature is listed.
Next, you’ll want to tap or swipe the toggle to turn this feature off. The switch will then be disabled and it won’t be visible.
One of the best ways to instantly turn off the zoom feature is to triple-tap the screen with three fingers. This gesture will show a menu with various options including the ability to Zoom In or Out, choose region, resize lens, and even show controller.
2. Go to General
There are plenty of settings and options that can help you manage your iPhone. From adjusting your text size to changing your ringtone and text tone, you can make your device run more smoothly.
There’s also a lot you can do to improve the security of your device, like setting up an encrypted password or adding a fingerprint lock to unlock your phone. You can also manage how much time you spend on your phone, limit kids’ screen time and even set restrictions for individual apps.
The General option on your iPhone lets you access a variety of information about your device, including the type and size of storage you have, what apps are taking up the most space and other useful data. There’s even a handy bar chart to see how much space each type of file uses up.
One of the most interesting things to do here is to take a look at your device’s “other” storage, which can sometimes be a lot larger than what you expect. This includes everything from photos and videos to app data and system files.
You can even delete other storage on your iPhone, if you’re interested in cutting down on the amount of space that’s occupied by non-native app data and files. This is particularly useful if you’re trying to free up space on your device, as it can be an easy way to free up memory without deleting any of your favorite apps.
It’s worth noting that this feature only works when the Magnifier control is in place. That means you’ll need to either add the Magnifier control to your list of included controls or create a shortcut to it in the Control Center.
You can find the Magnifier control by going to your Settings > Control Center menu and tapping on the magnifying glass icon. Once there, you can move it to a different spot in the Control Center or remove it altogether.
3. Go to Accessibility
Apple’s devices have many accessibility features that make it easier for the blind and people with disabilities to use them. One of them is the Zoom feature that magnifies everything on a user’s screen so it becomes easier to read and navigate the device.
If you’re the one who accidentally triggered Zoom, you can easily turn it off by going to Settings -> Accessibility -> Zoom. Tap the toggle switch to disable Zoom or you can simply double-tap your iPhone screen with three fingers to zoom out and turn it off manually.
Another accessibility feature that’s helpful for people with visual impairment is Invert Colors, which flips all colors so white becomes black and black turns white to reduce eye strain and improve visibility. This can help you see text in darkened rooms or if you’re trying to read long messages on a small phone display.
You can also customize Siri’s voice control using a new feature in iOS 16. This is called Spelling mode and it will let you spell out words letter by letter, which is great for those who have trouble with reading or understanding the pronunciation of certain words.
Unlike other accessibility tools that require a physical keyboard, this one doesn’t. You can use a voice-recognition app or keyboard to dictate letters, names, addresses and acronyms so that Siri can automatically correct them when you speak.
4. Go to Magnifier
Apple’s iPhone has a handy magnifying glass feature for reading small text, especially if you forget your glasses or are squinting in a dark restaurant. However, it’s buried in the Accessibility menu and doesn’t have an app or Home screen presence.
iOS 11 brought this useful feature out into the open and placed it in Control Center, where everyone can easily find it. You can access it from the Settings app or by adding it to Control Center as a shortcut icon.
To use Magnifier, tap the Home button three times to bring up the screen that looks like a magnifying glass. Then, slide the yellow dot in and out to zoom in on your subject.
You can also use Magnifier to adjust your camera’s brightness level or to take temporary photos. These features are available for both the front and rear cameras.
If you want to save your magnified object, tap the large central freeze-frame button. You can then share it via the share button or save it to your Photos library.